The Hand of Cyrvilus by Edmund Glasby

The sea-witch melted away. Oleaginous fluid seeped through the planking.
Bewildered, Everus looked about, his eyes searching.
“Get yer back to a wall!” shouted Creeps.
In the blink of an eye, the hag reformed.

After the abrupt exodus from Wyrm’s Port, a bitter Everus and his mysterious servant Creeps find themselves in Umm-Dabba, a desert wasteland far from their usual comfort.

After an audience with the child ruler of the land, Everus is set on a quest – for revenge. Everus seeks to destroy the god that used him. Xethorn, god of murder, is currently ruling Wyrm’s Port, and Everus seeks to destroy him. To do so, he must collect all the parts of the Hand of Cyrvilus.

The parts were scattered in dangerous places, guarded by lowlifes and magic alike to prevent their return, but Everus and his companions are determined to reunite them to exact his revenge.

They’ll face hard travels and gruesome monsters in the follow up to the grimdark fantasy epic Disciple of a Dark God.

Bio for Edmund Glasby:

As penance for past deeds, Edmund Glasby grew up in Morecambe and studied Egyptian Archaeology at University College London and Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford – Morecambe provided him with a better education. He started writing short fantasy/horror stories and eventually Disciple of a Dark God after finishing university. He is married with a five year old son who bears an uncanny resemblance to Damien Thorn from the 1976 film The Omen.

The Silent World by John Russell Fearn

‘Maybe that’s why I feel this nightmare more than you do. Where’s the sense of bringing a child, and probably one without hearing, into a world like this? It would be better dead — and so would I!’

Around the world there was a total silence from Pole to Pole.

Seas crashed noiselessly on rocky shores, hurricanes shrieked mutely across the China Sea. People shouted and were not heard; alarms and bells rang and yet were mute. The dead wall of silence was everywhere but there was something amiss with the laws which governed sound.

Bio for John Russell Fearn:

John Russell Fearn was an extremely prolific and popular British writer, who began in the American pulps, then almost single-handedly drove the post-World War II boom in British publishing with a flood of science fiction, detective stories, westerns, and adventure fiction. He was so popular that one of his pseudonyms became the editor of Vargo Statten’s Science Fiction Magazine in the 1950’s. He has always had a substantial cult following and has been popular in translation around the world. His other works with Venture include The Golden Amazon, Waters of Eternity, and War of the Scientists.

Steeldriver by Don DeBrant

With the power of a machine to destroy . . . And the will of a man to be free . . . Cyborg Jon Hundred faces the challenge of a lifetime.

He must tunnel through a titanic mountain on the planet of Pellay before a computerised mining machine beats him to it. The inhabitants of the pioneer settlement are betting on Jon Hundred and have wagered their lives in servitude for a chance at freedom.

But can he who is only half human conquer that which is all machine?

Bio for Don DeBrant:

Don H. DeBrandt writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, superheroes, cyberpunk, cyberfolk, and cyberanything else. He’s also published horror fiction in Pulphouse and a novella in the SF magazine Horizons. His fiction has earned him Honorable Mentions in both the Year’s Best SF and the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. DeBrandt lives in Vancouver BC, and is notorious in certain circles of Northwest Fandom (but not for his writing). His hobbies include leather-tasting, naked laughing gas hot tubbing, and being thrown off roofs by irate hotel security. He does not plan to run for office, ever. There are too many pictures.

 

Rogue Emperor by Crawford Killian

The assassination of the emperor had been witnessed by sixty thousand Romans who had never before seen an explosive weapon.

In the 21st century, the accidental discovery of the chronoplanes changed… well, history.

After the world collapsed and the chronoplanes, alternate dimensions that were snapshots from Earth’s history, were discovered, the International Federation was formed and these downtime chronoplanes controlled and exploited by Trainables.

Gerald Pierce is sent to Ahania, the chronoplane imitating Rome at the height of the Empire. After completing a routine assignment to keep the world on course with the IF’s plan, he stops to take in a gladiator match that the Emperor is presiding over. When the emperor is assassinated by a modern rocket launcher, Pierce must work quickly to report back to the IF.

Despite the mental fatigue from Briefing and Conditioning, a shortcut for learning, Pierce is sent back to Rome to figure out who is behind the assassination plot.

Bio for Crawford Kilian:

Crawford Kilian was born in New York in 1941. Raised in Los Angeles and Mexico City, he is a naturalized Canadian citizen living in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, Alice, and daughters, Anna and Margaret. Formerly a technical writer-editor at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, he has taught English at Capilano College in North Vancouver since 1968. His writing background includes two children’s books (Wonders Inc. and The Last Vikings); critical articles on Charles Dickens and the Canadian writer James De Mille; several radio plays broadcast by the CBC; and Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia.

Night of the Robots by Brian Ball

The cavern held a monstrous army of gaunt silent figures; row on row of black robotic monsters.

A tourist ship cruises through the Solar System to Earth from an outer galaxy.

Its passengers – the usual strange assortment of tourists – have come to meet Dr Dross, the archaeologist, who will show them round the great remnants of Earth’s past civilization: the civilization of the Third Millenium, destroyed in the deep radiation of the Mad Wars.

Danecki, the hunted, and the Jacobis, the avengers, are hurtling to the same destination. The two groups meet their grim destiny in the old Hidden Fort of the Confederation, lost for a thousand years, but now stirring again to chaos.

Brian Ball tells a fierce, gripping tale of a human attempt at survival against the most sophisticated War Machine the world will ever produce. He tells of their struggle against robots which have developed personalities, and he tells of their fear for the Regiments of Night.

Bio for Brian Ball:

After studying in London and Sheffield and graduating as a teacher, Brian Ball published his first story in the science fiction magazine New Worlds, before becoming a freelance writer. The novel The Space Guardians (1975) and Survival (2005) are novel versions of episodes of the television series Space: 1999. In addition to science fiction, he also wrote several horror fictions.

Symbiosis by Louise Atkins

Let’s be straight. Right from the start. I am a killer. The killer. I will take lives. 
So, for now…come join my world.
Come kill with me.

After a virus that killed most of humanity swept the world, vampires revealed themselves and became part of society.

With immunity to the virus, they helped clean up and alongside humans brought forth a new, balanced society. Humans work the day shift and donate blood in return for credits; Vampires work the night shift and file down their teeth, promising to not feed from humans.

But not everyone is pleased with the arrangement. Anti-vampire sentiments find a voice in RAGE magazine… and a killer has popped up in the city. Who could it be?

Emily Gregory, a human working for the Entertainment Times newspaper as an ad rep with liberal pro-vampire views?

Lucas Harrington, a vampire weighed down with what it means to be a vampire, turned because his skills in architecture were needed to rebuild?

Simon Jones, an investigative reporter working with Emily at the Entertainment Times who is vocally in opposition to vampires, believing that the blood suckers need to go away?

Gabriel Black, a vampire society fop, a brilliant artist, a Liberace and Lothario, and Lucas’s best friend?

As the serial killer collects victims and the human/vampire rife grows, the characters learn about the dark side of their seemingly perfect society…

Bio for Louise Atkins:

Louise Atkins is originally from the midlands but headed south at eighteen to attend Exeter University where she read psychology – useful for teaching, parenting and writing. She began her first novel at about age 11, inspired by The Tripods by John Christopher, and has written novels around sword and sorcery and ghosts/demons. She is a primary school teacher, and currently lives in Taunton with her husband and two young boys.

Jorn by R. M. Dorn

Just an ordinary boy with extraordinary abilities…

Jorn grows up with his foster family and learns to weave tapestries. But he is quite unaware of two vital facts. He has the ability to work magic, and he is not fully human.

His mind is a fusion of colours. So many that he has to put them into a box in his mind to think clearly. To Jorn, this is normal, and something he suspects everyone has to do. To Mages of the Dwarran Realm, this is a sign of a Master of Nine.

They know the alien mage Darric is hunting for the Tools of Power. Weapons that will devastate Earth. Only a Master of Nine can wield the magic needed to stop him.

Jorn is catapulted into a race against time to master his powers. He leaves his home to join the Mages and train. But what no-one suspects is that Darric is aware of their every move. A traitor is amongst them…

Will Jorn be able to complete his quest? Or will Darric attack before he can reach his destiny?

To become the next Master of Nine.

Jorn is overflowing with magical energy to keep you entranced until the last page.

Bio for R.M. Dorn:

R. M. Dorn is a pen name. The author has enjoyed a busy and varied career, and a number of interests, including reading, theatre, art, local history and gardening. Following up on her life-long passion for fantasy, mythology, and science fiction, she now spends most of her time writing. With a tendency to get restless, and a liking for doing up houses, she spent twenty years moving at frequent intervals, but within a confined area. She has now put down roots, and has two homes, one in East Devon, for summers by the sea, and the other in West Sussex for snug winters by the fireside. Her other books with Venture Press include Mordant and Fool’s Game.

Black Star Rising by Peter Kalu

Boldly going where no black writer has gone before, Peter Kalu has written the UK’s (and possibly the world’s) first Cybernoir novel.

The time is a distant future. SunOne Command has drafted four black astronauts to crew a remote engineering aft — zsf-e5 — on a far-flung tour of duty. The crew do not know why they’ve been drafted. The on-board Computer might know, but isn’t telling. Command offers no explanation and anyway its explanations cannot be trusted.

Black Star Rising tells of the crew’s lives together — the pains and possibilities, conflicts and celebrations. Pawns in the war between Logos and SunOne, subject to the whims of Command Control in a future world where black lives still count for less, the crew battle on. When adversity strikes, the key question is: can they hold together long enough to survive?

Featuring four richly drawn characters in Captain Mandella, Sky, Kaya and Triple, Black Star Rising projects a black future that is at once engaging and challenging. It is minus 100 degrees in the void. Colder when love freezes.

Bio for Peter Kalu:

Peter Kalu is the winner of numerous literary prizes including the BBC Young Playwrights Festival. Black Star Rising is his third sci-fi book, the previous two, Lick Shot and Professor X featuring the black futuristic detective Ambrose Patterson, are currently being made into a TV series. He lives in Manchester with his wife and children.

Tsunami by Crawford Kilian

They’d thought that violence would protect them during the brief period before other people obligingly died off, like some disaster novel; then they’d inherit the earth. Allison knew better, had known it since Bert had shot the driver of the Trans Am: the violence would never stop.

See the two sides of humanity that arise when disaster occurs: humanitarian and power-grabber.

Solar flares have been erupting with unusual violence and frequency on the surface of the sun. With the ozone reduced by at least fifty per cent, ultraviolet radiation was penetrating the atmosphere.

It burned into the cells of plants and animals; crops were withering, and livestock was going blind. Humans could scarcely venture outside in daylight without eye protection, and light-skinned people needed sunblock cream on exposed skin, or they would start to burn in less than a minute.

Existing in this new world are Don Kennard, his wife Kirstie, and Robert Anthony Allison, a big time movie director. Don is in a research submersible when a tsunami passes over him toward the west coast of the US, targeted directly at San Francisco’s bay area, where Kirstie is working.

Patchy communication on shortwave radios gives San Francisco some time to get residents to higher ground. Power, which was already rationed, and water along with other necessities previously provided by the city are badly damaged and the people are just trying to survive.

Follow the Kennards and Allison as they try to figure out how to survive in the broken infrastructure of the disaster zone that has become the world.

Bio for Crawford Kilian:

Crawford Kilian was born in New York in 1941. Raised in Los Angeles and Mexico City, he is a naturalized Canadian citizen living in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, Alice, and daughters, Anna and Margaret. Formerly a technical writer-editor at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, he has taught English at Capilano College in North Vancouver since 1968. His writing background includes two children’s books (Wonders Inc. and The Last Vikings); critical articles on Charles Dickens and the Canadian writer James De Mille; several radio plays broadcast by the CBC; and Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia.

Rinzler by Raya Jones

His brief was to ascertain whether or not the victim’s employers were implicated. This was precisely the danger zone that he did his best to avoid: corporations assassinating their own citizens.

Indigo, a Junior Clerk working for the OK Corporation, is murdered in her home.

Rinzler, a freelance Private Investigator in a post-Apocalyptic world, is hired posthumously by the victims own life policy.

He must discover whether the death is an assassination by Indigos employer. Or simply a cruel act of mankind.

Delving further into her life, Rinzler soon realises this is not going to be as simple as he hoped.

He soon finds his investigation hampered by politics and corporate cover-ups.

Becoming a suspect in his own investigation, Rinzler must quickly decide who to trust as this becomes a life or death case. For himself.

All clues are pointing to the resident androids, yet their programs render them incapable of harm to humans.

Or is Rinzler about to be thrown into the middle of a war between Artificial Intelligence and Humanity?

Rinzler is bursting with technology that we can only dream of and leads you on a journey of mystery, mayhem and murder whilst pursuing a truth that defies all logical capabilities.

Praise for Raya Jones:

‘A sci-fi adventure filled with intrigue, action, and the exploration of human connection’ – Alex Batty

Besides being hooked on science fiction ever since reading Asimov’s I, Robot as a child, Raya Jones is based in Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences. Her latest scholarly work concerns social robotics in the context of psychology as well as science and technology studies. Previous and ongoing work concerns Jungian and other psychological perspectives, and Raya has published several books in the field. Her other works with Venture Press include Fairweather.